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Queen's librarian ready to battle


A Queen’s University librarian is ready for battle.

Martha Whitehead is taking part in Kingston Reads: Battle of the Books, an event that sees Kingston booklovers publically champion their books in a friendly competition at Kingston WritersFest.

Ms. Whitehead is going to bat for Shelter, written by Frances Greenslade. It’s a coming-of-age story of two young sisters in B.C. whose father is killed in a logging accident. Their mother then soon disappears from their lives.

“Shelter is more than deserving of the international attention it has garnered recently, and should be on everyone’s reading list,” says Ms Whitehead. “It is an absorbing, lushly written book. You’ll be wishing you could drop in on the two sisters years later to see how they’re doing.”

The books in the Kingston Reads battle are from the Ontario Library Association’s Evergreen Award shortlist, and include Requiem (Frances Itani), They Fight Like Soldiers, They Die Like Children (Romeo Dallaire), Bedtime Story (Robert Wiersma), The Far Side of the Sky (Daniel Kalla), Natural Order (Brian Francis), Under an Afghan Sky (Melissa Fung), and Various Positions (Martha Schabas).

Ms. Whitehead will try to win over the audience Sunday at Kingston WritersFest when she argues for her book in person in front of a crowd. Queen’s booklovers will also have their chance to support Ms. Whitehead by voting online for Shelter or voting at the ballot box at Stauffer Library.

“I really enjoy taking part in the event because it celebrates reading and it’s a great opportunity to promote Canadian authors and books,” says Ms. Whitehead.

This is the second year Ms Whitehead has participated in Kingston Reads: Battle of the Books. The event is sponsored by the Kingston Frontenac Public Library.

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